Please note: The co-production between Auckland Theatre Company and Hāpai Productions of Nancy Brunning's Witi's Wāhine is postponed. 

An uplifting love song to the wāhine toa of the East Coast who inhabit Witi Ihimaera's celebrated writing.

Four wāhine take their journeys through history and mythology, sharing tears, jokes and waiata along the way. But these are no ordinary women - they're matriarchs of New Zealand fiction, finally stepping out from the shadows. 

In Witi Ihimaera's books, characters spring from the page, fully formed and opinionated. Here, some of his most memorable characters, from works like the Parihaka Woman, The Matriarch and Pounamu, step onto the stage. 

The result is Witi's Wāhine, a love letter, or, more accurately, a love song, to the women of Te Tairāwhiti, he East, who inhabit Imihaera's writing: the Wāhine of his own whanau. Nancy Bruning has crafted a story that fuses loving tribute with powerful commentary, levity and unflinching reality, sensitivity with warm affection. 

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Last updated: 18 February 2022